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Thinking of taking part in Open for Art 2019

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Timeline

Dates for Open for Art 19 are 18th May to 2nd June, – put them in your diary.
 We are planning for this event and if you are interested in volunteering your help please get in touch with us.

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Here is the timeline, which may be subject to slight changes as we get nearer the dates but does give you an idea of timescale:

  • Call for artists, organising venues: from now onwards
  • Registration: 1st January to 11th February
  • Amendments to text: up to 28th February
  • All booklet info, adverts, young people’s competition final deadline 28th February
  • Final proofreading and printing: March
  • Delivery to distributors 1st to 8th April
  • Distribution: 8th April onwards. Booklets in place by Easter Saturday 20th April
  • Launch Event Saturday 11th May

Who can take part

We would like to say at the outset that you don’t have to live in our designated area or be a member of Artwey to take part. It is an event for all visual artists.

Open for Art is just what it says: lots of varied venues opening their doors to display art – but we do know that many who visit appreciate seeing the artist in their working environment doing their art. So, whilst static displays are still perfectly acceptable, the optimum, where possible, is to offer a range of open studios in each area as well.

There are lots of options open to artists –

  1. Open your own studio
  2. Share your own studio with a fellow artist
  3. You could be that fellow artist. We currently have spaces for 3D artists, sculptures, ceramicists, wirework, jewellers. Contact us if interested in sharing
  4. You could take part in a group show. Currently we have 2 such great venues being organised at The Old Town Hall Weymouth and The Heights Hotel Portland. If you want to know more details, then contact us as there are limited places in both. We are still looking at more possibilities for group shows in the other areas: Dorchester, Poundbury, Abbotsbury
    The Heights Hotel & Old Town Hall (For Artwey members only).
    Please use the contact form at the end of this page to enquire about these locations.
  5. Exhibit in already manned spaces like cafes, pubs, restaurants and existing galleries. Last year we even used a solicitor’s office. There are options we can suggest that you can investigate if you contact us, or better still find your own. However remember that these options could go quickly and also that some possible spaces will only be contactable during the summer/autumn season

Costs
£100 for a quarter page in an A5 brochure. Artwey members get a discount and pay only £85.
Words will be limited so they don’t end up too small to read and you can have up to 2 images in there. Half page is £200 etc. Price is based on one venue, and the size of entry not the number of people in it.

Who to contact for help

We have artists helping to organise Poundbury, Dorchester, Abbotsbury and Portland, so Weymouth and north east of Dorchester could do with some volunteers to help with the initial networking and communication between potential studios. Anyone who can buddy up with those already in place would be appreciated too.

Please use the form at the end of this page, to contact the person who best relates to your query. 

General enquiries: Carol and Olivia.

Portland: Lyn Kirkland
Poundbury: Judy Tate
Abbotsbury: Caroline Nairn
Dorchester: Caz Scott

How can I take part?

We would like to say at the outset that you don’t have to live in our designated area or be a member of Artwey to take part. It is an event for all visual artists.

Open for Art is just what it says: lots of varied venues opening their doors to display art – but we do know that many who visit appreciate seeing the artist in their working environment doing their art. So, whilst static displays are still perfectly acceptable, the optimum, where possible, is to offer a range of open studios in each area as well.

There are lots of options open to artists –

  1. Open your own studio
  2. Share your own studio with a fellow artist
  3. You could be that fellow artist. We currently have spaces for 3D artists, sculptures, ceramicists, wirework, jewellers. Contact us if interested in sharing
  4. You could take part in a group show. Currently we have 2 such great venues being organised at The Old Town Hall Weymouth and The Heights Hotel Portland. If you want to know more details, then contact us as there are limited places in both. We are still looking at more possibilities for group shows in the other areas: Dorchester, Poundbury, Abbotsbury
    The Heights Hotel & Old Town Hall (For Artwey members only)
    Please use the contact form at the end of this page to enquire about these locations.
  5. Exhibit in already manned spaces like cafes, pubs, restaurants and existing galleries. Last year we even used a solicitor’s office. There are options we can suggest that you can investigate if you contact us, or better still find your own. However remember that these options could go quickly and also that some possible spaces will only be contactable during the summer/autumn season

Costs
£100 for a quarter page in an A5 brochure. Artwey members get a discount and pay only £85.
Words will be limited so they don’t end up too small to read and you can have up to 2 images in there. Half page is £200 etc. Price is based on one venue, and the size of entry not the number of people in it.

Young People’s Involvement

Secondary

  • All local secondary schools will be asked, late September early October, to put forward one pupil from years 7 to 9 and one from years 10 to 13 from their school on the basis of a budding artist who would benefit from (and be able) exhibiting in an Open for Art group exhibition. Please send individual artwork info including an image to accompany each entry, using the form at the end of this page. 
  • Each should have 1 piece of work submitted that should be framed and A3 sized. 2D visual art in any medium.
  • All 12 pieces of work will be exhibited in booklet and Open for Art group exhibition and 2 prizes will be awarded for the most promising artist in each category

Primary

  • Children and parents will be alerted to this competition via mailshot, web site, newspapers posters Facebook and Artwey website in the Autumn.
  • Theme
    I imagine ……..
  • An opportunity for your child to take part in a competition to exhibit alongside artists in Open For Art. Create something (A3, any medium 2D visual art) from your imagination which is personal, thoughtful and imaginative
  • There will be 4 children chosen to exhibit and 2 winners in 2 age categories 4 to 7 and 8 to 11

Social Media

#openforart19 is our new hashtag and we are delighted that Stephen Yates and Holly Benham have come on board to help organise us and promote us on social media. We also have a Facebook page

Official Launch Details

The date put aside for this is Saturday May 11th. Planning details will take place in the autumn, so watch this space.

Contact the team

Please complete the form, selecting your reason for getting in touch, and your message will be sent to the person responsible for your query.